Blackpool Sands Beach between Stoke Fleming & Strete in South Devon

Blackpool Sands Beach between Stoke Fleming & Strete in South Devon

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

South Devon and the county's capital city Plymouth are a magical mix of coastal estuaries, great sweeping sandy beach bays, quaint market towns, bohemian retreats and some of the UK's most iconic maritime centres. Ocean city Plymouth is an outstanding waterfront city with themed districts featuring attractions including the National Marine Aquarium, the spectacularly restored Royal William Yard and famous landmarks like the Mayflower Steps and Smeaton's Tower Lighthouse on the Hoe. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for magnificent views of the harbour seascape.

Dartmouth & Kingswear

Dartmouth & Kingswear

South Hams stretching from Torbay right round to Plymouth is a coast and countryside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) containing estuary flanking jewels like Dartmouth and Salcombe. The South Devon AONB covers a vast 130 square miles of estuary, coast and countryside from Berry Head at Brixham round to Jennycliff in Plymouth. The area is one of Devon's most beautiful corners offering a wealth of opportunities for sailing, wildlife watching boat trips and watersports. Award-winning family friendly beaches like Blackpool Sands are also here and South Hams is famed for its fine local produce, containing many award-winning restaurants, inns and outlets selling best seafood.

The Teignbridge coast and countryside is an area of South Devon pushing west of the Exe Estuary and Exeter. On the coast there are charming seaside resorts like Dawlish Warren, Dawlish and Teignmouth. Two popular events - the Dawlish Air Show and Teignmouth Regatta - are not to be missed in August. Stunning sandy beaches, sand dunes and estuary nature reserves sit close to family friendly seaside resorts.

Dawlish, South Devon

Dawlish, South Devon

Beaches & Activities

For beautiful safe sandy award-winning family beaches, South Devon's coastline is hard to beat, with best beach favourites including South Sands beach at Salcombe and the sheltered bay of Blackpool Sands beach near Dartmouth. South Devon is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty rich in wildlife centres, estuary reserves and rivers along and across which you can pick up passenger ferry services and scenic pleasure boat cruises. Walking, cycling, horse riding and angling are all popular outdoor pursuits in the region, with walking particularly popular along the miles of riverside and estuary footpaths.

Attractions

South Devon offers a fantastic choice of family attractions including family farm parks, steam railway rides, boat trips, wildlife zoos, restored coastal lidos and woodlands leisure parks. Explore ancient castles, old Elizabethan Merchant Houses and Guildhalls, great garden estates like Dartington or base yourself in Devon's maritime capital Plymouth, an ocean city offering a wealth of attractions from boat trips and maritime museums to famous lighthouses and landmarks like The Mayflower Steps, from which the Pilgrim Fathers began their journey across to North America.

Food & Drink

Taste Devon and enjoy best local produce and seafood in South Devon. The region showcases the best of its local produce at great annual events like the Dartmouth Food Festival and Totnes Show, and in the many weekly markets in ancient market towns and villages. Highlights include the finest selection of West Country beers at Tuckers Maltings in Newton Abbot or enjoy a tour with tastings at Sharpham Vineyard near Totnes.

Accommodation in South Devon

  • DARTMOUTH
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    Delightful two bedroom cottage in Dartmouth with log burner & roll top bath. Attractive garden, Wi-Fi service, parking permit & discount for local gold club. Pet friendly.
     
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  • Shaldon
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    Devon Valley Holiday Park on the River Teign, a fabulous location to explore both Dartmoor & miles of sandy beaches. Indoor pool, day & evening entertainment, half board option.
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  • Totnes
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    £344
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    Cosy cottage in Totnes with exposed stone work, beams & a feature fire in the lounge. Two bedrooms, garage parking, dishwasher, washer/ dryer & Wi-Fi service. Pet friendly.
     
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    £195
    Per Week (Seasonal) Caravans sleep 4-6
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    Superb Dawlish holiday park,close to blue flag beaches. 4 indoor pools, crazy golf, kids club, shop/ dining. Caravans, lodges and apartments. Pet friendly. Wi-Fi. Sleep 4-10.
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    Quality budget Plymouth Derriford Travelodge hotel ideal for city attractions. Within 5 miles of National Marine Aquarium with inn serving food adjacent and meeting facilities.
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  • Hazelwood Park
     
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    5% OFF Single Person, Two Person or Young Family Discount
    All Inclusive Dawlish Family Holiday Park, Swimming Pools, Bellamy Award, Fishing Lake,takeaway/shop, sleeping up to 7 people, pet and dog friendly, families.
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  • Totnes
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    Charming Totnes holiday cottage with wood burner, two bedrooms, bathroom with shower & views over the castle. Travel cot & high chair. Parking permit. No pets or short breaks.
     
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  • Dawlish
    Sleeps 10
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    £62
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    Fantastic Dawlish holiday park, a scenic walk from Dawlish Warren beach. Indoor/outdoor pools, entertainment, kids club, shop & dining. Caravans, lodges & apartments Sleep 2-10.
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  • Dawlish Warren
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    Per 4 Night Caravan Break. Sleep 2-10
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    Devon seaside family holiday park just a short walk from Blue Flag Dawlish Warren beach. On-site indoor & outdoor pool, entertainment, kids club, bar & dining. Caravans Sleep 2-10.
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  • The Hoe
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    Central Plymouth hotel with pet friendly en-suite rooms and delicious breakfasts served daily. Ideal for business and leisure stays with family rooms available. Parking and Wi-Fi.
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